If you’re starting a career in sitting-on-the-couch-with-a-laptop, you might be asking yourself: do I still need to dress to impress?
The short answer is: eh.
(I mean really, who are you trying to impress? The dog?)
Still, it’s important to dress the part. Trading in your pantsuit* for pajamas isn’t as simple as it sounds. Luckily, I’ve put together this handy-dandy list of wardrobe essentials for the professional working-from-home woman.
1. The Old T-Shirt
The most versatile of choices, this is a WFH staple. You can wear it on its own, with underwear, with shorts, with pants, and so on. Dress it up with a stylish belt; dress it down with cat-hair accents. For an effortless boho chic look, wear it without a bra.
- The baggier the better.
- Rather than using one of your own t-shirts, steal one from your spouse for a sentimental (and nice-smelling) twist.
- Fan t-shirts add a charming quality to your new WFH lifestyle. Recommended designs include: Star Wars, Star Trek, and Wonder Woman.
- Holes and stains add a unique, custom vibe.
- When it comes to pet-hair, more is more.
2. Pajama pants
Need I say more? When your living room starts feeling like a cave and you decide to open the blinds, you’ll need to put on bottoms. This is where pajama pants** come in handy.
- The baggier the better.
- Don’t concern yourself with matching your pants with your t-shirt. The dog is colorblind anyway, so he won’t notice.
- Don’t worry about the fact that the pants have reindeer on them and it’s only September. The clash of seasons will add a whimsical quality to your look.
- Pattern mixing is a legitimate thing, okay?
Like pajama pants, sweatpants are the perfect pant solution. They also have the added bonus of being an acceptable article of clothing for grocery shopping, a trip to the hardware store, date night, etc.
- For a more mature look, ditch the “juicy” lettering across the butt of your sweatpants and instead add a static-cling sock to the butt or hip. This’ll tell people that a) the sweatpants are cleaner than they look and b) you’ve been actually getting shit done today.
The beauty of working from home is the fact that your bathrobe is an acceptable—and even essential—wardrobe piece. This is a great shower-to-couch outfit that offers warmth and snuggliness to any fashionista’s repertoire.
- For a breezy look, wear your robe without a belt.
- If you don’t own a bathrobe, you can wear your Snuggie backwards to the same effect.
- Don’t let those pockets go to waste! Store lint, Kleenex, candy, and Tylenol in your robe for no-need-to-get-up convenience.
A cardigan is to your bathrobe as sweatpants are to your pajama pants. In other words, you can wear it outside the house without looking like a crazy person on the loose.
- The more holes the better.
- Get one with pockets (see bathrobe tips).
Nothing says “professional” like a pair of power heels—er—slippers. Every fashion-forward gal knows that the footwear can make or break an outfit. That’s why slippers are on my list of essentials. They keep your toesies cozy and make a cute sound as you shuffle to the coffeemaker.
- While animal-face slippers are trendy, pay homage to a classic and go for ratty old dearfoams.
- Slippers with hard soles add convenience. Case in point: taking out the trash without changing shoes.
- Buy machine washable slippers for those times when your cat leaves a dead mouse on them (thanks?).
7. Hair scrunchie
Rounding off my list of essentials is the beloved hair scrunchie. When you’re in the midst of an intense typing sesh, the last thing you need is your unwashed mane getting in your way. A scrunchie provides a practical, put-together look for your hectic days (and all the other days).
- Buy no-slip-grip scrunchies for marathon WFH days.
- Re-do your ponytail or bun every 12 hours to ensure no one can tell you haven’t washed your hair in three days.
Pets are the ultimate WFH wardrobe accessory.
- A cat can act as a neck pillow, lap-warmer, and more.
- A dog is great for giving your skin a dewy, sun-kissed (aka dog-kissed) look.
- A bearded dragon gives a modern twist to the lapel pin.
The WFH wardrobe doesn’t have to be complicated. I hope these essentials give you the confidence (and style!) you need to succeed.
*Or lab coat. Or flight suit. Or whatever you were wearing before you decided to work from home.
**Or pajama shorts.